Councillor eyes cash for crime prevention

Coun. Rick Kasper pushes for funding for crime prevention program

Coun. Rick Kasper wants to take a bite out of crime – and he’s hoping other members of district council will join him.

After reviewing RCMP crime statistics for September, council noted a doubling of business break-ins, going from nine in 2012 to 18 this year in a comparable nine-month period.

Last month, Kasper suggested more proactive crime prevention work might be needed in the business community, suggesting such work could possibly be done in conjunction with police and business groups.

Now, he’s offered to back a proposal by putting money aside for a crime prevention program.

“It could mean putting together a workshop or an information package,” he told council Monday.

“I would really encourage council members to think about that and try to put that in the budget next year.”

District council begins budget talks later this month.